If you’ve been feeling lonely over the past few years, you’re not alone. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, about half of U.S. adults reported feeling lonely, according to a 2023 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. The report warns that loneliness and isolation can lead to physical consequences, such as a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke.

A new app called Buffet aims to tackle the loneliness epidemic by helping users meet new people by quickly matching them with people and places to meet (Think Tinder + OpenTable). The app is designed to remove the barriers and hassles that come with meeting new people and finding a place to hang out. Buffet is designed to help users meet like-minded people, whether they’re looking for new friends, a romantic partner, or a workout buddy.

At launch, Buffet is offering services in Los Angeles, with plans to expand to other cities later this year, starting with New York City.

The app is the brainchild of Buffett’s CEO Rich Hacking and COO Sean Emery. The pair worked as financial analysts before starting Buffett and came up with the idea for the app while on a business trip to Dubai.

“We came up with the idea in the beginning and thought, hey, there’s something in this,” Harkin told TechCrunch. “We saw an epidemic of loneliness and saw a need for something new in the market. There had been a lack of innovation from large incumbents over the past decade. There was a clear opportunity for disruption. So we put one foot in front of the other Ahead, staring at Building Buffett.”

To get started with the buffet, users enter their five interests, such as motorcycles, horseback riding, or reading. The app then asks a series of five questions to better understand their personality and what types of places and people they would be interested in.

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Buffett’s algorithm then pairs users up. If interested, they can send an invitation to the matched person; the matched couple can then message each other through the app to decide on a time and date to meet. The purpose of a buffet is to allow people to do most of their talking and get to know each other face to face. Buffett encourages people to go beyond chat boxes and digital communications and actually meet in person in the real world.

If there’s a match with someone but the app’s suggested hangout location isn’t a good match, users can choose from a list of other locations that might be more interesting. If a user is not interested in their match partners, they can refresh and match with others.

Buffett is targeting the group most affected by loneliness: 18- to 25-year-olds. The app also hopes to target young professionals in their early 30s. Harkin believes that if Buffett can win over the average 25-year-old female professional, he can win over anyone.

“The app will be free to use for the foreseeable future,” Harkin said. “We want to win over users. We want to build trust, and right now, when you read the market, you see people are frustrated with all the paywalls.”

In terms of the app’s business model, Buffett will leverage advertising. The company plans to build an in-app community forum where local businesses can advertise directly to users and promote happy hours and other discounts.

The app is currently only available on iOS, but the company plans to launch an Android app in the future.

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